In the midst of this challenging period, Glasgow Convention Bureau has decided to look back and honour Glasgow’s academic community. Glasgow’s Conference Ambassador Programme has been running for 30 years now bringing thousands of delegates to the city and showcasing the city’s key sectors.
Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau said: “Glasgow was one of the first cities in Europe to create a Conference Ambassador Programme, to support academics in their efforts to host successful and memorable meetings in our city. Over the last 30 years, academic conferences have helped position Glasgow on the global stage, by highlighting the world-class research coming out of our universities across a variety of key sectors, such as Life Sciences and Engineering.”
With this anniversary, the Glasgow Convention Bureau shares memories of successful events brought to the city thanks to its committed academic community.
Professor Tariq Durrani, University of Strathclyde, added: “I have had the good fortune to be involved with Glasgow’s Conference Ambassador Programme from its inception, having organised the IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing (IEEE ICASSP-89) in May 1989 that attracted some 1500 delegates from over 80 countries. This marked the start of the association of Glasgow with IEEE, which has sponsored numerous conferences in Glasgow; so much so that Glasgow has now been named an IEEE City. Glasgow’s Ambassadors have been extremely successful in attracting conferences, with their success materially due to the support provided by Glasgow Convention Bureau.”